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Product Details

  • Series: Myron Bolitar Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440220440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440220442
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A mystery thriller with all the right stuff, intrigue, suspense, romance and humor...Coben keeps you in suspense from beginning to end."—The Newark Tribune

"Like fellow wise-cracking P.I.'s Spenser and Elvis Cole, Myron Bolitar is great fun in the best hard-boiled tradition."—Houston Chronicle

From the Publisher

"A mystery thriller with all the right stuff, intrigue, suspense, romance and humor...Coben keeps you in suspense from beginning to end."
--The Newark Tribune

"Like fellow wise-cracking P.I.'s Spenser and Elvis Cole, Myron Bolitar is great fun in the best hard-boiled tradition."
--Houston Chronicle


More About the Author

Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of sixteen previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Long Lost" and "Hold Tight." Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Coben lives in New Jersey with his family.






Customer Reviews

Can't put the book down once I start reading this great author.
LEE
I love Harlan Coben's writing and had read a few of the Myron Bolitar series so I decided to go back and start with the first book and work forward.
Louisiana460
A mystery to the end, with twists and turns to keep the reader interested.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

237 of 251 people found the following review helpful By Chad Spivak on May 25, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You have to read the book to get the humor in my review title...
The first in the "Myron Bolitar" series, DEAL BREAKER is the perfect start. Bolitar, a college basketball star turned sports' agent,... has just landed his best prospect, rookie quarterback, Christian Steele. While negotiating his contract, Christian gets a phone call from his assumed-to-be-dead fiance... Throw in a mob contract on Myron's head, and you have one entertaining read.
The storyline is forever twisting, but Coben never suspends reality. The plot is always believable and never farfetched. Each character is incredibly well-developed, and the group meshes together quite well. This first book serves to introduce this wonderful cast of people that will be in other "Bolitar" books.
What makes Coben's books so enjoyable is the dialogue between the characters. Myron is incredibly witty, and he clearly rubs off on all the other characters in the book. It adds a much greater human element to the novel, which allows the cogent storyline to develop exceptionally well, and keep the reader forever guessing.
This is an excellent book that was truly hard to put down. The writing is sensational, and it is quite clear that Coben puts a lot of thought into each storyline. The suspense, alone, is great, making the book that much better.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chu on November 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first book in Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar novels, DEAL BREAKER is a great example of everything one could possibly want with a mystery novel. Unlike many less accomplished mystery authors, it is obvious that Coben actually works backwards, so that readers are given a plot that actually makes sense, whereas some authors convey the feeling that the culprit was merely selected out of a hat. Coben's Edgar Award winning writing is top notch. Moving from more serious subjects to the tongue-in-cheek "Myronisms," Coben is an incredibly versatile author.
Myron Bolitar is a star college basketball player turned Fed turned sports agent who has just landed his first big client, top rookie prospect quarterback Christian Steele. Everything is going fine until Kathy, his assumed-to-be-murdered ex-girlfriend, calls him on the phone. It's all downhill from there, as Myron and his associates are thrust into the dark world of the sports business. DEAL BREAKER introduces the incredibly diverse cast that makes up Myron's world. From Myron, to the egotistical, elitist Win, to the beautiful ex-wrestler Esperanza, to fiery writer Jessica Culver, Coben's cast of characters is completely three-dimensional.
With excellent plot, characters, romance, and humor, DEAL BREAKER is one of the best mystery novels out there today.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By T. W. M. Philip on September 17, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the 1st Myron Bolitar book I read, and beyond my satisfaction, this is a superb book. Not only it offers sufficient twist and suspense to the end of the book, the characterization, humour, romance are perfectly blended in a page turner. It is sometimes shock, sometimes hilarious, sometimes violent and sometimes sexy. Absolutely highly recommended and one of the best in the genre.

I am now having a new series of books waiting for me to read, together with Alex Cross and Lincoln Rhyme and Harry Bosch series.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on August 4, 2006
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I have never been much of a fan of what I call "gimmick" mysteries, the type which has murders solved by people who have no business being around that much crime: little old ladies, chefs, etc. It's plausible enough that a cop or private eye (or maybe reporter or lawyer) would have to deal with murder on a regular basis, but when it happens to rabbis, cat owners or medieval monks, it stretches credibility. It's a gimmick, a contrivance that lures people into reading the books. That being said, even a gimmick mystery series, in the hands of a capable author, can be quite entertaining. Harlan Coben's tales of sports agent Myron Bolitar certainly fits into that category.

Why does this series work well? First of all, because Coben is a good writer. Second, Coben seems to fully realize how contrived these gimmick stories are, and therefore allows a certain level of absurdity and humor, in particular with the supporting characters: Esperanza, Myron's secretary who was once a wrestler known as Little Pocohontas, and Win, Myron's best friend who happens to be a sociopath. These outlandish characters remind the reader that the story should not be taken TOO seriously. On the other hand, we also get genuine suspense and some rather vicious criminals so we can't take the tales too lightly either.

Deal Breaker is the first in the Bolitar series. In it, Myron is busy trying to sign college star Christian Steele to a contract with an NFL team. Steele is himself squeaky clean, but he is haunted by his girlfriend Kathy Culver who disappeared years earlier and is presumed dead. Steele, therefore, is quite jarred when he receives a porn magazine in the mail, with Kathy's picture in an ad; he goes to Myron who investigates.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Heck on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Harlan Coben is a good writer - today. But this book was pulled from the back shelf of his closet where it had accumulated a decade of dust. It displays how far the author has come. His new book "The Woods" is a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read for the same reasons that "Deal Breaker" is not.

When you read any book of fiction you go in understanding that this did not happen. So what is it that sells you? The plot? No, it's the characters that do the selling job. "Deal Breaker" lacks the full development of the characters. Admittedly they do have different characteristics but it is a bit simplistically laid out as though we might fill in the missing details.

His hero is a wise cracking plastic observer of life throwing off cutsie one sentence life observations that do not advance the story but is presented in a feeble attempt to flesh out the character. Too bad, because his main man Myron has a very interesting job as a sports agent and here was a chance to give us a look into a profession that is fascinating in real life. But here there are no insights, no education as to the process of representation and no pros and cons regarding the salary worthiness of athletes.

Other characters coming into contact with our hero also catch the disease. They too can't resist their own wise guy attitude. The cast in this book cried out for individuality. I personally was too lazy to finish the further development of these characters.

The plot? Ok, that was thought out and executed in an organized and logical manner with the author giving the reader an honest opportunity to play along and ascertain the guilty.

Read Mr Coben's more recent novels. He has come a long way.
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